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FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS

The 36th annual Summerfest will open at 6 p.m. July 4 at San Marcos Plaza Park, 201 N. CM Allen Parkway, featuring live music, food booths, vendors and fireworks.

Festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with live music by the Adam Johnson Band at the park’s stage. Children’s costume contest registration will begin at 6:30 p.m., and Children’s Parade line-up will begin at 6:50 p.m. Registration will be held in front of the Old Fish Hatchery Building. The parade will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Participants will parade through the park, and winners will be announced in a ceremony that begins at 7:30 p.m.

Costumed kids will be judged in “most patriotic” and “cutest divisions” with prizes awarded in each category and a “best overall” named. The costume competition has been growing steadily over the last several years and is a highlight of the event. 

Adam Johnson Band kicks the festival off at 6 p.m. The headliner, Wyzer, will follow at 7:30 p.m.  Additionally, there will be local vendors, food and activity booths, and of course a phenomenal fireworks display. This year’s fireworks exhibition is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. SummerFest is a free, community wide event for the whole family to enjoy. 

SummerFest is sponsored by the City of San Marcos with assistance from the San Marcos Lions Club, San Marcos Convention and Visitor Bureau, HEB, Grande Communications, Swanson Sound & Light and a host of corporations, organizations and individuals. 

Free parking for SummerFest will be available at the San Marcos Activity Center (501 E. Hopkins Street) and Texas State University Strahan Coliseum parking lot (Corner of Aquarena Springs Drive and Charles S. Austin Drive).

No glass or Styrofoam containers are allowed, and City parks are smoke-free, including vapor and e-cigarettes. For list of city park rules, visit KeepALidOnIt.org.

Meadows Center hosts slate of events at Spring Lake for July 4 weekend

FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University will host a 4th of July weekend celebration at Spring Lake full of family fun, outdoor learning and hands-on activities fun for all ages.

Spring Lake Hall will open Discovery Hall exhibits 8:30-10:30 p.m. At 9 p.m. the rooftop will be opened for an exclusive view of the San Marcos fireworks show. Concessions will be available, and donations of $5-10 will be accepted at the door.

All other events will take place July 2-4 and are open to the public.

Fourth of July programs and specials include interpretive nature hikes 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. July 2-4. Participants will experience the 251-acre Spring Lake Natural Area that sits just above the headwaters of the San Marcos River. From tall Live Oaks to Mexican buckeye, this guided hike will explore some of the amazing plants that call this area home. A $5 donation is suggested.

Kids’ activities will run 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 2-4 at the Discovery Hall, where hands-on activity stations specially designed for kids and their families will include face painting and handmade feather hair accessories. There will also be a “bug picking station,” where children can discover what insects live in the water at Spring lake by exploring water samples. A $1 donation is suggested for materials.

A free screening of the film Written in Water will run 3-4 p.m. daily in the Discovery Hall. This hour-long movie focuses on the Ogallala Aquifer and examines the conflicts, politics, economics and groundwater depletion in the High Plains region. The film follows farmers and a West Texas community struggling to survive as the wells run dry and highlights the tension between property rights advocates and state-mandated pumping limits.

All donations will directly support The Meadows Center’s education programs. For more information, visit http://events.txstate.edu/recurrences/36994 or call (512) 245-7570.

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